Filial Muslim Woman Cleans Her Christian Grandmother's Grave On All Souls' Day
Photos of a Muslim woman cleaning a Christian grave have gone viral, warming the hearts of thousands of Malaysians
"Religious differences cannot stop the love for a late mother," wrote East Malaysian blogger Cikgu Emmet on his post that was uploaded on Facebook.
The photos show several women donned in baju kurung and tudung wiping a grave engraved with a cross.
They were spotted at a cemetery in Kuching, Sarawak on All Souls' Day, 2 November, a Christian holy day set aside for honouring the dead.
The post has since gone viral with over 6,000 shares.
Emmet said the Muslim women looked odd in a Christian cemetery, but they were welcomed with greetings and smiles
He said the Muslim women were Dayang Rafidah Awang Osman and her family. They were there to pay respect to Dayang's grandmother.
"(Dayang Rafidah) was there with her mum and her aunt who are also Muslim, and they got to work cleaning the grave of her grandmother who passed away awhile back," Emmet wrote.
"According to Dayang Rafidah, even though her grandmother is not Muslim and her mother is a convert, it does not change the love and affection that she has towards her, even after she already passed on."
Emmet commended Dayang and her family for exemplifying religious harmony and said that it should be emulated by all Malaysians
"Truth be told, in Sarawak and Sabah especially, and in other parts of Malaysia generally, people still have the value of respecting each other, and we should all learn from it," he wrote.
"This earth of God is shared with others. People from different ethnicities can achieve mutual understanding, (while) religions are here to guide our spirituality and make us better humans so that we can be high-minded people."
After the post went viral, many netizens have also shared photos of them engaging in interfaith grave cleaning
"I, too, was able to make it to my sister's grave in Lahad Datu (Sabah) before I returned to Kuala Lumpur. I introduced my son to his late aunt along with my sister, brother, and his son," shared a netizen.
"I am Sarawakian, my husband is from Kuala Lumpur. Although I have changed my religion, I won't forget my roots. My husband once said, 'even after you convert, don't ever neglect your own family'," shared another netizen who posed in front of a Chinese grave.
One more netizen shared a family photo of her multifaith family in a Christian cemetery.
"My family. Kuala Penyu, Sabah," the Facebook user said.